Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Is Chile’s Troubled Past the Reason Its Wine’s Future Is So Bright?

Chile’s geology and climate are perfect for making wine. With the ocean on one side and the Andes on the other, Chile’s vineyards get the benefit of salty winds and cooling airs, plus wide day-to-night fluctuations — perfect conditions for grape growing. And yet, up until the mid-’80s, the wine produced in Chile was by […]

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‘Cork Dork’ or Wine Snob: Who Is Bianca Bosker’s Book Actually For?

‘Cork Dork’ or Wine Snob: Who Is Bianca Bosker’s Book Actually For?

The wine world is up in arms over a new book. Bianca Bosker’s Cork Dork is a deep journalistic dive into the exclusive world of sommeliers, or “cork dorks,” as they call themselves. Already a New York Times bestseller, Cork Dork was hailed as “the Kitchen Confidential of wine” by wine writer Madeline Puckette. “Read […]

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Why Aren’t There More Black Americans Making Wine?

Why Aren’t There More Black Americans Making Wine?

Olivia Pope, the heroine of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show Scandal, is the first black heroine to grace the small screen in 40 years. But the importance of her performance has had a ripple effect beyond just increasing diversity in the television industry. Magnificent in her mastery of all those around her, Olivia Pope is also unique […]

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The Last New York City Dive Bar – How Sophie’s Has Managed To Survive For Over 100 Years

The Last New York City Dive Bar – How Sophie’s Has Managed To Survive For Over 100 Years

A talented Playboy staff writer once defined a dive bar as a “church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.” A truer description of the Lower East Side watering hole Sophie’s could not have […]

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How Much Do The Labels On Wine Bottles Influence What We Buy?

How Much Do The Labels On Wine Bottles Influence What We Buy?

It may be a cliché, but it’s true: the medium is the message. But what about when it comes to food and, more specifically, wine? Do the labels on bottles drive consumers to certain wines over others? New businesses that pair graphic designers with winemakers seem to be betting on the idea that good labels […]

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The Wine Glass Ceiling: How Pregnancy Impacts A Somm’s Career

The Wine Glass Ceiling: How Pregnancy Impacts A Somm’s Career

Sommellerie can seem to be an especially elite and glamorous field, one that’s somehow devoid of the typical challenges facing service industry workers. From the outside, it is easy to overlook the reality that the job of a sommelier is still within the service industry, with labor-intensive duties and hours that often go deep into […]

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My Life With A Teetotaler

My Life With A Teetotaler

My partner is a teetotaler. In other words he is a person who does not drink any alcohol whatsoever. He claims to have gotten drunk once or twice in college with hijinks ensuing, but I don’t buy it. The only time he’s ever drunk anything in my presence was early in our courtship when I […]

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